Police shoot at suspect outside Milwaukee club

Posted at 10:17 AM, May 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-22 13:48:51-04

MILWAUKEE -- Authorities have been called out to a nightclub on Milwaukee’s north side dozens of times this year.

“It’s always packed. A lot of cars are out there. I don't see it open all the time, mostly on Fridays,” said Bertha Redd, who lives nearby.

Around 1 a.m. Saturday, a Milwaukee police officer open fired outside Onyx nightclub at 32nd Street and Villard Avenue.

Authorities said police spotted a gun in a man's car and the suspect drove off, slightly hitting an officer with his car. The officer was not hurt and the suspect was arrested a short time later.

However, Saturday's shooting is just the latest in a long list of troubles at the nightclub.

“It’s a big concern. It’s just like the younger generation is just getting bolder,” Redd said.

Others in the area said that the nightclub is not to blame for the violence that may happen outside of the nightclub.

“[The business owner is] not at fault. Unless, the man left here drunk and he had to call the police or he had to put the man out,” Willie Shane said.

Police said there have been 75 service calls to Onyx just this year. Earlier this month officers recovered two handguns and a rifle after a shooting.

“I feel that if they're getting that many calls for incidents. I feel, number one, you need to get in touch with the Alderman of that particular district,” Shane said.

Police are still investigating whether anyone was hurt by the shots fired by the officer.